The Art Therapy Program of Equestrian Connection is directed by Julie Ludwick, a registered art therapist and licensed clinical professional counselor in the State of Illinois. Julie has her Master of Arts in art therapy degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and uses her art making to examine thoughts and questions in her life and work.
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Since 2006, the Art Therapy Program of Equestrian Connection has furthered the organization’s vision to improve the quality of life for individuals with special needs. By using the creative process of art making, we are able to enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages and needs.
According to the American Art Therapy Association, artistic self-expression offers a wealth of positive benefits including reducing anxiety and aiding in conflict resolution, as well as providing opportunities to gain self-confidence and self-awareness. At Equestrian Connection, the physicality of horseback riding is complemented by an imaginal and expressive therapy, aiding in well-rounded therapy targeting all areas of the client’s development. Keeping with our objective to build self-confidence, the art therapy program offers exhibition opportunities for the artists around the community.
Through a partnership with Artists on the Bluff, client work has been displayed at the Station Art Gallery in Lake Bluff, Illinois. Also we sponsor an annual, semi-permanent exhibition, Creative Connections, to highlight individual client growth and expression. A free-of-charge community art group meets to create artwork that focuses on beautifying our center and fundraising.